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ASpecialAdvertisingSectionoftheAkronBeaconJournalOhio.comSpecialthankstoourprintsponsorThisyearsGreaterAkronChambersH.PeterBurgawardgoestoLeBronJames 2OurvisionAchievingourvisionofprosperityforGreaterAkronrequiresavibrantandsustainableeconomysupportedbyleadershipfrombusinessgovernmentandeducation.InsupportofthisvisionourmissionistodriveeconomicdevelopmentandenhanceprosperityforthecitizensandbusinessesoftheGreaterAkronRegion.Businessdevelopmentcreatesabetterqualityoflifeforeveryone.2014ANNUALREPORTGREATERAKRONCHAMBEROurmissionDrivingeconomicdevelopmentandprosperityforthepeopleofGreaterAkron.OurmessageTheseareexcitingtimesintheGreaterAkronarea.Inthetri-countyareaofPortageMedinaandSummitcountiesleadershipbeginstobepassedtoanewgeneration.WhetherrecruitedorhomegrownnewleadersareputtingtheirstamponourregionMarkMasuokanewexecutivedirectorandCEOoftheAkronArtMuseumKenBabbynewownerofahigh-qualitycommunity-engagedballparkandrevitalizedAkronRubberDucksbaseballteamDr.ThomasMalonethenextpresidentandCEOofSummaHealthSystemsCraigKenkeldynamicnewsuperintendentofCuyahogaValleyNationalPark.Lookatouroutstandinguniversities.Dr.BeverlyWarrenisnewlythe12thPresidentofKentStateUniversityDr.ScottL.Scarboroughthe16thPresidentofTheUniversityofAkronLoriVarlottathe22ndpresidentofHiramCollege.Insupportofareabusinessesandeconomicdevelopmentwehaveourprioritiesinplacetomeetthechallenge.TheseprioritiesgrowGreaterAkroninvestinhumancapitalimproveperceptionsofthearearevitalizeourphysicalassetsenhancevalueforcorebusinessesandcreatethecapacitytosucceedareoutlinedinourve-yearstrategicplan.ExamplesofoureffortsllthisannualreportandourdrivetoserveourmembersandtheGreaterAkroncommunityremainsteadfast.Ourcivicleadershiphassteppeduptocreatechangetocontributetosharedwell-beingtobuildaprogressiveregion.Andforhopeandcondenceweturntotheyouthoftodayandthosewhoguidethemintoadulthood.LeBronJamesthisyearswell-deservingrecipientoftheChambers2015H.PeterBurgAwardissuchaleaderlaser-focusedonyouthdevelopment.TheworkoftheLeBronJamesFamilyFoundationwithchildrenthroughoutGreaterAkronwillinspireboysandgirlstostayinschoolstudyharddevelopcharacterandstrivetobealltheycanbe.WearepleasedtohonorLeBronJamesinrecognitionofthefuturewesharewiththosechildren.Talent.Leadership.Innovation.TheGreaterAkronChamber...leadingtheway.JefferyA.WaltersChairGreaterAkronChamberManagingDirectorCBIZMayerHoffmanMcCannDanielC.ColantoneCCMIOMPresidentandCEOGreaterAkronChamberwww.summitdd.orgconnects CantonOffice330.453.9187DoverOffice330.343.7355www.kikocompany.comSmartBusinessProfessionalscallKIKOOver100millioninRealEstateSalesin2014Over65yearsofintegrityandexperience4SpecializedBrokers62SalesProfessionalsNationallyRecognizedMarketingandAdvertisingLegalFinancialandClosingServicesAvailableIndustryLeadingExpertsAuctionMethodofMarketingRealEstateListingForSaleOnlineAuctionsCommercialPropertyLandFarmandEquipmentMineralRightsandMuchMore 42015AnnualMeetingandinstallationofofcersDecision-makersfromtheprivateandpublicsectorsconvenedonTuesdayMarch31forthe108thAnnualMeetingoftheGreaterAkronChambertocommemoratethemanysuccessesofthepastyearinstallnewofcersshareplansforthefutureandenjoyexcellentcamaraderie.GreaterAkronChamberViceChairofChamberServicesandOMNOVASolutionsFoundationPresidentS.TheresaCarterledtheelectionoftheGreaterAkronChambersnewofcersseepage12andboardmembers.ThisyearsAnnualmeetingwassponsoredbyBrouseMcDowellCBIZMayerHoffmanMcCannandHuntington.S.TheresaCarterGreaterAkronChamberisYourBusinessPartnerConnectingyourbusinesstoyourcustomersandprospectsFacilitatingrelationship-buildingamongareabusinessleadersReferringhundredsofleadstoourmembersProvidingyouwithnetworkingandprofessionaldevelopmentopportunitiesGivingyouaccesstoexclusivemembershipvaluesEquippingyouwiththetoolsyouneedtosucceedinbusinessMakingyourvoiceheardatalllevelsofgovernmentStrengtheningGreaterAkronseconomicvitalityCreatingasenseofplaceImprovingthequalityoflifeforthosewhoworkandliveintheGreaterAkronRegionDevelopingandchampioningsoundbusiness-friendlysolutionsKeepingkeyindustriesintheregionandattractingnewbusinessesTobecomeamembercontactusatwww.greaterakronchamber.org.sasaleeferiocalegwww.akronymca.org 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6HistoryoftheH.PeterBurgAwardTheideaforaregionalleadershipawardwasrstdiscussedatameetingofrepresentativesfromtheGreaterAkronChamberin2003.TherstrecipientwasH.PeterBurgChairmanandCEOofFirstEnergy.DuetohisuntimelydeathandhisextraordinaryleadershiptothebusinesscommunitytheawardbecametheH.PeterBurgAward.TheawardwaspresentedtoBurgposthumouslyattheChambersAnnualMeetingonMarch102004andacceptedbyhiswifeEileenandfamily.EachyearpastrecipientsandtheChambersExecutiveCommitteemeetnominateandevaluatecandidatesbasedonthesecriteria1.BeanadvocateforpromotingeconomicdevelopmentfortheGreaterAkronRegion.AccomplishmentsareevaluatedbasedonleadershipinvolvementininitiativesthataffectlocalregionaleconomicdevelopmentforthebenetofthemembersofthecommunityultimatelystrivingtosupportthemissionandvisionoftheGreaterAkronChamber.2.BeashiningexampletobusinessleadersintheGreaterAkroncommunityanddemonstratewhyitiseveryonesresponsibilitytogivebacktothecommunity.Theindividualsactionsmustshowhowimportantitisforallpersonstoservethecommunityandoffertheirtalentsandskillswhereneeded.3.Berecognizedforhisorhercharacterandleadershipskillsthatarerequiredtobeaneffectiveleaderineconomicandcommunityinitiatives.HeorshewillberecognizedasarolemodelforthequalitiesandattributesthataredenedbyCharacterCountsacharactereducationprogramofferedbytheJosephsonInstituteCenterforYouthEthicsincludingtrustworthinessrespectresponsibilityfairnesscaringandcitizenship.PastRecipients2004H.PeterBurgChairmanCEOFirstEnergyCorp.ManagingPartnerErnstYoung2010DonaldMisheffVicePresidentofLegalFirstEnergyCorp.2006RobertP.ReffnerChairmanCEOGOJOIndustries2011JoeKanferPresidentCEOAkronChildrensHospital2007WilliamH.ConsidineChiefExecutiveOfcerMainStreetGourmet2012SteveMarksPrincipalStarkKnollCo.LPA2008ThomasG.KnollMayorCityofAkron2013MayorDonPlusquellicDirectorAkron-CantonAirport2009FrederickJ.KrumPresidentTheUniversityofAkron2014Dr.LuisM.ProenzaLeBronJamesFamilyFoundation2015LeBronJamesawardedposthumouslywww.medmutual.com 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8LeBronJamesFamilyFoundationWheelsforEducationIPROMISENetworkTheLeBronJamesFamilyFoundationsLJFFmissionanditstwoprogramssaysMicheleCampbellexecutivedirectoristopositivelyaffectthelivesofchildrenandyoungadultsthrougheducationandco-curriculareducationalinitiatives.Webelievethataneducationandlivinganactivehealthylifestyleispivotaltothedevelopmentofchildrenandyoungadults.WheelsforEducationwasdesignedtohelpstudentsinneedofadditionalacademicsupportatatimewhenthehighschooldrop-outrateforAkronPublicSchoolswas21.6percent.AsJameswroteinaneditorialfortheAkronBeaconJournalWheelsforEducationtakesAkronsthirdgraderswhichistheagewhenkidsstarttogiveuponschoolandprovidesthemwiththetutoringsupportandmentoringtheyneedtosucceed...IbelievethatultimatelyWheelsforEducationisgoingtohelptransformAkronPublicSchools.HesaidThesechildrenaredealingwiththesameissuesandobstaclesIfaced.AndtheydeservethesamesupportIwasfortunateenoughtoget.Selectedthird-gradestudentsreferredtotheLJFFbyAkronPublicSchoolsparticipateinWheelsforEducation.Eachyearstartswitharequiredtwo-weektechnologycampsponsoredbyAkronAfterSchoolinpartnershipwiththeLJFF.DuringtheschoolyearWheelsforEducationparticipantsreceiveencouragementsupporttutoringandearnedincentivestohelpmotivatethemtosucceedinschoolandinlife.WhenparticipantsentersixthgradethestartofmiddleschoolformostAkronchildrentheymoveontotheAkronIPROMISEnetwork.WevefoundthataskidsentermiddleschoolthesameinterventionsweuseintheWheelsforEducationprogramjustarentcoolanymoresaidCampbell.TheAkronIPROMISEnetworkfocusesontheuniqueneedsofmiddleschoolandeventuallyhighschoolstudents.Combinedtheprogramsnowservemorethan800AkronpublicschoolstudentsandwillcontinuetogroweachyearasanewclassofthirdgradersentersWheelsforEducation.Participantscontinuewiththeprogramuntiltheygraduatefromhighschool.Commitmentmakingapromisetothefutureistheheartoftheseprograms.Studentspromisetogotoschooldoalloftheirhomeworklistentotheirteachersbecausetheywillhelpthemlearnaskquestionsandndanswersnevergiveupnomatterwhatalwaystrytheirbestbehelpfulandrespectfultoothersliveahealthylifebyeatingrightandbeingactivemakegoodchoicesforthemselveshavefunandaboveallelsenishschool.ForhispartLeBronJamespromisestobethereforthestudentsencouragethemmotivatethemandkeephiscommitmenttothem.LeBronJamesNamedRecipientoftheH.PeterBurgAwardTheGreaterAkronChamberhasnamedLeBronJamescreatoroftheLeBronJamesFamilyFoundationthe11threcipientoftheH.PeterBurgAwardforhisleadershipandphilanthropicefforts.Jamesisbeingrecognizedinparticularfortwoofhisfoundationsyouth-centeredmentoringprogramsWheelsforEducationandtheAkronIPROMISENetwork.ChildrenwhonishtheWheelsforEducationprogramwhichoffersincentivesformakinggoodgradesinschoolandattendingclassregularlycangraduateintotheAkronIPROMISENetworkstartinginsixthgrade.Thementoringcontinuesuntilgraduationfromhighschool.ThesesuccessfulprogramswhichhavedrawnattentionfarbeyondAkronseektoensurethatAkronsyoungpeoplestayinschoolworkhardtogetagoodeducationandbuildthecharacterneededforthemtodevelopintoresponsibleadults.TheBurgAwardacknowledgesJamescommitmenttohishometownandhisferventdesiretogivebacktohiscommunitywhileneverforgettinghisroots.DanColantoneChamberPresidentandCEOsaidLeBronspersonalcommitmenttopositivelyaffectlocalchildrenyoungadultsandourneighborhoodsisaservicetoallofus. 10Priority1GrowGreaterAkronStrengthenoureconomybyretainingandattractingbusinessesandtalentCreatingattractingandretainingbusinessesTheGreaterAkronChamberworkstirelesslytoensurethelong-termpresenceofexistingbusinessesinGreaterAkronandattractnewbusinessestothearea.In201417companiesandtheregionitselfbenetedfromthatattention.Forexamplelocationandexpansioninvestmentstotaled178.1million799newjobswereaddedand2630wereretained.Additionallythirtybusinessesareconsideringtoexpandtheiroperationsorstayintheregion.SuccessstoriesforattractingbusinessestotheGreaterAkronareaincludeArhausFurnitureHomeworks.LocatedinCuyahogaCountythecompanyin2013decidedtorelocateforlong-termgrowthandtheconstructionofanewheadquartersanddistributioncenterwithtwolocationsinmindBostonHeightsinSummitCountyandNorthCarolina.TheOhiolocationhadlogisticalandtransportationadvantagesforthecompanyscustomfurnitureoperations.TheGreaterAkronChamberworkedcloselywithTeamNEOJobsOhioandSummitCountytopromotethe90-acresiteoftheformerBostonHillsCountryClubandwiththevillageofBostonHeightstofacilitatelocalsupport.Thecollaborativeeffortpaidoff.ArhausFurnitureHomeworksselectedtheBostonHeightslocation.Totalinvestment43milliondollars.Thecompanyhas274employeesandanticipatesadding162more.GervasiVineyardestablishedtheTwistedOlive.Thevineyardpurchased10acresforanadaptivereuseoftheformerBeldenLodgeinSouthgateParkfromthecityofGreentodevelopadestinationrestaurant.TheChamberworkedcloselywiththevineyardsownerthecityofGreenandSummitCounty.Effortsweresuccessful.Therestaurantopenedduringthefourthquarterof2014.Totalinvestment3.5million.Thecompanyhired50newemployees.EmpireDieCastinganexampleofbusinessretentionledforChapter11bankruptcyprotectionduringthefourthquarterof2013andneededhelptostayinthearea.TheChamberassembledabusiness-retentionteamwithSummitCountythecityofMacedoniaJobsOhioFirstEnergyandtheDevelopmentFinanceAuthorityofSummitCountytoassistthecompanywithreorganization.IntheendDetroit-basedSRSWhitehallwithstrongtiestoGeneralMotorsFordandChryslerpurchasedthecompany.Totalinvestment15milliondollars.Empirehad212employeesand25newoneswereexpectedtobeadded.DuringaSkyBreakingceremonytheTestaCompaniespubliclycelebratedtheconstructionofa10-storyCourtyardbyMarriotthoteladjacenttotheNorthsideLoftsatthenorthernendofdowntownAkron.Thestructurewillbetherstnewhotelbuiltdowntowninmorethan30years.The20millionupscaleMarriottwillhave146roomsandanumberofamenitiesavailabletotheNorthsideneighborhood.ForitsparttheChamberprovidedademographicmarketanalysisandpromotednancingoptionsasitsoughttoacceleratethecontinuedtransformationofdowntownAkron.OtherhighlightsoftheyearincludeTheChamberconducted380face-to-facebusinessvisitationsthroughtheGreaterAkronPartnershipinMedinaPortageandSummitcountiestohelpcompaniesstayandexpandinGreaterAkron.TheChambersGreaterAkronPartnershipBREprogramwasrecognizedbytwointernationaleconomicdevelopmentorganizationsforpositiveeconomicimpactonourthreecounties.TheChamberandthecityofAkronwereTeamNEOPlusawardrecipientsfortheircollaborationontheChambers20-yeardomesticinternationalmarketinginitiativeknownasAkronUSA.LinkingentrepreneurstoresourcesTofacilitatesuccessfulbusinessstart-upstheChamberconnectedcompanieswithpotentialinvestorsthroughtheARCHAngelsAkronRegionalChangeAngelsNetwork.In2014ARCHAngelsenabled16high-techearlystagecompaniesfromacrosstheregiontopitchtheirbusinessestoinvestorsandothers.Sincetheprogramsinceptionthe130companiesthattookadvantageoftheopportunityreceivedmorethan550millioninfollow-onfunding.Akron-basedcompaniessuchasEchogenOrthoHelixSegmintandVadxxhavereceivedfundinginthepast.Continuedonpage11.embellakronzoo.orgwww.akronzoo.org TheGreaterAkronChamberincollaborationwiththeUniversityofAkronResearchFoundationparticipatedintheEighthAnnualKentStateUniver-sityEntrepreneurshipExtravaganzaatwo-dayuniquelearningexperienceforstudentsentrepreneursandlocalbusinesses.TheChambercontinuedtohelpgrowEntrepreneurConnectintoamorebroad-basedrecruitingandentrepreneurialsupporttool.Attendanceatmonthlyprogramsforsmall-businessownerstoconnectwithpeerssharestrategiesandengageindiscussionstohelpeachothersucceedinbusinessgrewsignicantly.MarketingtheregiontoattractjobsTheChamberpromotedtheAkronareatoabroadspectrumofbusinesseswithspecialitiessuchaspolymersliquidcrystalsadvancedenergybiomedi-calapplicationselectronicsandlogistics.ToreachthesediversemarketstheChambershowcasedtheGreaterAkronRegionattradeexhibitionsandmarketingforumssuchastheNationalPlasticsExpositionConferenceandMarketVisitinOrlandoTeamNEOMarketVisitinChicagoHan-noverMesseinGermanySocietyofAutomotiveEngineersWorldCongressExhibitioninDetroitMedicalDesignManufacturingShowinNewYorkCityFloridaInternationalMedicalExpoinMiamiAmericanChemi-calSocietyInternationalRubberExpoinNashvilleInternationalEconomicDevelopmentCouncilInternationalConferenceinFortWorthandtheMEDICAShowinGermany.TheGreaterAkronChamberalsohostedmorethan20inboundinter-nationaldelegations.CountriesrepresentedincludeAzerbajanCanadaChinaFinlandIsraelItalyLithuaniaKazakhstanMacedoniaNetherlandsPortugalSloveniaandTaiwan.TheChambercollaboratedwithTeamNEOandtheStarkDevelopmentBoardtohostafamiliarizationtourforsixnationalsiteselectorsinconjunc-tionwiththeBridgestoneInvitationalandtheProFootballHallofFameinductionceremony.CollaboratingtoinuencebusinessclimateissuesIn2014theChamberengagedincollaborativeactivitiesaimedatinuenc-ingthebusinessclimate.ForexampletheChamberfacilitatedroundtablediscussionswithbusinessleadersandelectedofcialsandadvocatedinWashingtonD.C.forfederalnancingprogramsaimedateconomicdevel-opmentincludingtheNewMarketTaxCredit.OnekeyprojectstheformerGoodyearHallprojectattheEastEndwasarecipientAtthestatelevelcapitalappropriationslegislationsignedintolawin2014contains17artsandculturecommunityprojectsforMedinaPortageandSummitcountiestotalingmorethan10.8million.Combinedwithmorethan43millionincapitalprojectsforstatehighereducationinstitutionsinthetri-countyareatheGreaterAkronRegionwaspoisedtoreceivemorethan54millionintotal.11www.akronmetro.org Priority2InvestinHumanCapitalBuildacompetitiveworkforcepreparedforthejobsofthefutureGiventodaysever-advancingtechnologiesandtheglobalnatureofcommerceeducationisessentialforGreaterAkronsyouthtoprepareforthecareeropportunitiesoftomorrow.Awell-educatedworkforcealsoisvitaltotheeconomicprosperityoftheentireregion.SomehighlightsoftheChamberseffortsintheall-importantareaofeducationTheGreaterAkronRegionNortheastOhioCouncilHigherEducationNOCHEwasthenationalwinnerintheCEOforCitiescompetitiontoincreasethetalentdividend.Communityleadersacceptedthe1millionprizeinWashingtonD.C.NOCHEsTalentDividendinitiativeworkstoincreasethenumberofassociatebachelorandgraduatedegreesawardedintheregion.TheawardrecognizestheChambersstrategiccommitmenttotalentdevelopmentattractionandretentionandcollaborationwithlocalNOCHEmembersTheUniversityofAkronKentStateUniversityNortheastOhioMedicalUniversityHiramCollegeandStarkStateCollege.AssistedwithfundraisingactivitiesfortheSTEMHighSchoolGARchallengegrantthatraisedover400000.ReceivedgrantmoneytoupdatetheNextGenerationInternshipprogram.PartneredwithSEItoimplementaLuminaFoundationgrantpertainingtocollegeandcareer-readypreparationandachievementaimedatobtaininggainfulemployment.12WelcomeTheGreaterAkronChamberispleasedtopresentthenewlyelected2015ExecutiveOfcersJefferyA.WaltersManagingDirectorCBIZMayerHoffmanMcCannChairCharlesE.JonesJr.PresidentCEOFirstEnergyCorp.ImmediatePastChairDonzellS.TaylorPresidentCEOWeltyBuildingCompanyLtd.ChairElectS.TheresaCarterPresidentOMNOVASolutionsFoundationViceChairChamberServicesCouncilStevenE.StrahSVPFirstEnergyandPresidentFirstEnergyUtilitiesViceChairEconomicDevelopmentCouncilMarcB.MerklinManagingPartnerBrouseMcDowellViceChairFinancedressViceChairGovernmentAffairsJeffreyA.MurphyVicePresidentDominionEastOhioViceChairResourceDevelopmentDavidA.BrockmanManagingDirectorBCGCompanyViceChairSmallBusinessCouncilyViceChairTalentandWorkforceJamesL.RuhlinPresidentTheRuhlinCompanyViceChairAt-LargeKarlJ.WarnkeChairmanPresidentCEOTheDaveyTreeExpertCompanyViceChairAt-LargeJosephS.KanferChairmanCEOGOJOIncorporatedViceChairAt-LargeAkronTomorrowwww.stbank.com 15Continuedonpage16CHAMPIONSUPPORTER5000AkronRubberDucksAkronMETRORegionalTransitAuthorityApteryxInc.ASWGlobalLLCBoberMarkeyFedorovichBridgestoneAmericasTireOperationsH.PeterBurgFundCharterOneBankCHASEComDocInc.FifthThirdBankNortheasternOhioGPDGroupHattieLarlhamHiltonAkronFairlawnHitchcockFlemingAssociatesKentStateUniversityMainStreetGourmetMerrillLynchNewellRubbermaidPeoplesBankRubberCityArchesLLCS.A.ComunaleCo.Inc.WellsFargoBankWesteldBankVISIONBUILDER2500AESCOElectronicsInc.AkronAutoAuctionAkron-CantonAirportAkronClevelandAssociationofREALTORSAkronMetropolitanHousingAuthorityAppleGrowthPartnersAPVEngineeredCoatingsArtistsInc.AssociatedMaterialsIncorporatedAultCareTheBabcockWilcoxCompanyBrennanMannaDiamondLLCBruner-CoxLLPBryantStrattonCollegeCAMInc.CAPTRUSTFinancialAdvisorsCBREPaulaR.ChesserCSAR.W.BairdCo.CountryPureFoodsCrainsClevelandBusinessCutlerRealEstateDaveTowellCadillac-SaabDayKettererLtd.DevelopmentFinanceAuthorityofSummitCountyDSBenetsLLCEnviroScienceInc.ExcelsiorMarkingdiv.ofMARK-ALLEnterprisesLLCFirestoneCountryClubFirstFederalADivisionofFirstFederalofLakewoodFocalPointSocialMediaFrisinaLLCGenesis10HardRockRocksino-NortheldParkHarwickStandardDistributionCorp.HCRManorCareHottleAssociatesInc.IRGRealtyAdvisorsJentnerWealthManagementTheLeftonGroupLoanMaxLockheedMartinMaritimeSystemsSensorsMalcoProductsInc.MAPSS-MayorsAssociationofPortageStarkandSummitMargidaAssociatesMaxionWheelsMeadenMooreLtd.MikePruittHondaNorthernOhioGolfCharitiesNorthwesternMutualFinancialNetworkNortheastOhioGroupOEConnectionOnyxPowerGasConsultingLLCOrianaHouseOswaldCompaniesPGATour-BridgestoneInvitationalREAIncorporatedSchlabigAssociatesLtd.SDMyersInc.SecuritecOneInc.SeibertKeckInsuranceAgencyInc.ShoemakerRiggingTransportLLCSignetEnterprisesStarkKnollCo.LPAStarkStateCollegeStruktolCompanyofAmericaTaylorMadeJewelryTegritGroupUSBankV2TechnologiesValMarkSecuritiesInc.VorysSaterSeymourandPeaseWalgreensDistrict202WheelingLakeErieRailwayWojnoDevelopmentLLCFOUNDATIONSThankstothefollowingfoundationsforsupportingprogramscriticaltostrengtheningtheeconomyoftheGreaterAkronRegionAkronCommunityFoundationDominionFoundationFirstEnergyFoundationGARFoundationKeyBankFoundationNorthernOhioGolfCharitiesFoundationInc.OMNOVASolutionsFoundationGOVERNMENTPARTNERCityofAkronBUSINESS1000AkronBarAssociationAkronLegacyRealEstateDevelopmentLLCAkrosteamCarpetHardSurfaceCleaningAllegroRealtyAdvisorsLtd.AllianceResourceSolutionsAlSpitzerFordInc.AmetekInc.AtNetPlusInc.AxessPointeCommunityHealthCenterInc.BabcoxMediaInc.BabstCallandBrownMackieCollegeBuckeyeCorrugatedInc.TheBusinessDoctorCantonChargeCascadeVillageChapelHillTowersChemImageImagingTechnologiesChemionicsCorporationChildGuidanceFamilySolutionsCityCleanersColteneWhaledentInc.CrossroadsHospiceDanMarchettaConstructionCo.Inc.DBSchillerManagementLLCDietzFallsFloristEatNPark-CuyahogaFallsMedinaStreetsboroEdwinA.SissonAttorneyatLawLLCEmersonThomsonBennettLLCEmpireDieCastingCo.Inc.EnvironmentalDesignGroupLLCEvolveCreativeGroupExcelariseLLCFowlerCompanyGDSExpressInc.GervasiVineyardGoldmanSachs10000SmallBusinessesGreatWorkEmploymentServicesHarryC.LobalzoSonsdbaHobartCFEDHawthornSuitesbyWyndhamHernandezConstructionServicesInc.HerzingUniversity-AkronCampusHollandManagementInc.HughiesEventProductionServicesInnityofAkronInteractiveMediaGroupInvoltaJillysMusicRoomJRBAttachmentsKnoxMarketingInc.KrockEsserEngineeringInc.LanganLegacyHairStudios-WadsworthBrunswickMedinaLegalShieldLeveyCompanyLostTribeMediaInc.LouisPerryAssociatesLRMRManagementCompanyMAGNETMetisConstructionServicesLLCMiracleonMainStreetModelUniformsFracWearFussyCleanersMustardSeedMarketCafNewDirectionsLearningDevelopmentNewWaveTradingLLCOldCarolinaBarbecueCateringCo.-FairlawnStowStrongsvillePalittoConsultingServicesInc.EyedealGraphicsBusinessCommunicationSpecialistsParamountDistillersInc.PaytimeInc.PepsiColaPFChangsChinaBistroPharmaCarePickardCommercialGroupPolymericsInc.PortagePrecisionPolymersInc.PridestaffReprosInc.RockynolRetirementCommunityRoechlingAutomotiveUSALLPRonMarhoferAutoplexHyundaiofGreenMarhoferChevroletInc.SACSConsultingInvestigativeServicesInc.SBEquitiesLLCSelectSpecialtyAkronSHSSeniorIndependenceServiceMasterofHudsonSGIGlobalBusinessAdvisorsSkodaMinottiTheSmithersGroupSmithers-OasisCompanySteptoeJohnsonPLLCSummitAcademyManagementSummitRacingEquipmentSuperiorStafngT.L.SquireCompanyInc.TerminalWarehouseInc.ToberBuildingCompanyTransitionalHealthCareSolutionsLLCTTRShippingUniteThisCityAkronVarietyContractorsInc.VarneyFinkAssociatesInc.VationGroupVirtualHoldTechnologyVitalCareProductsInc.WesternReserveHospitalWestSideBakery-AkronGreenWinkingLizardInc.-BrunwickCopleyMacedoniaPeninsula3PointRestaurant385InsuranceGroup3PLStafngInc.427Design48HrBooksInc.620Corporation91.3THESUMMITWAPSACupcakeaDayADifferenceinDiningA.DawsonAssuredPartnersCompanyATasteofExcellenceA3TLLCAbacusChildCareCentersInc.ABCPipingCo.ABCOFireProtectionInc.AbshireHaylanJewelersAbsoluteAutoServiceCenterAcceleratedBenetsACCESSInc.AccurateAutoGlassAccuratePlasticsLLCAccurateStaf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20PromotinggoodwillthroughourglobalbusinessinitiativeCognizantofthegrowingglobaleconomytheChambercontinuedtofacilitateaffordabletripsabroadgivingmemberstheopportunitytodevelopprofessionalrelationshipsandpersonalfriendshipswiththeirforeigncounterparts.TodatetheChamberhasreachedatotalof838communitymemberswhohavetakenadvantageofaffordableculturalimmersiontripssince2009.In2014memberstooktripstoCostaRicaAthensandtheGreekIslandsPanamaandCuba.InadditiontotheseportsofcallChambermembershavevisitedChinaIrelandTuscanytheFrenchRivieraItalyandCostaRicaamongothers.BuildinganinternationalAkronBrandTheAkronUSAdelegationco-chairedbytheChamberandtheCityofAkroncelebrated20yearsandthe25thyearofattendingtheHannoverMesseinGermanytheworldslargestindustrialtradeshow.TheChamberpromotedtheGreaterAkronbrandwiththeCityofAkronattheMEDICATradeFairinDusseldorfGermanytheworldslargestmedicalmarket-placetoscheduleandattendmorethan100meetingswithcompanieslookingtoestablishorexpandtheirNorthAmericanpresence.Priority4RevitalizeourphysicalassetsSupporttherevitalizationofdowntownandotherkeyareasbyenhancingthequalityofplaceAthrivingvibrantcitycenterattractsinvestmenttotheentireregion.TheChamberworkedonmanyfrontstosupporttheurbancorescontinuingrenaissanceandreinvention.UrbanrenaissanceReshapingthecitycenterofAkronintoawalkableresidentialcommunityhasrequiredandhasreceivedanunprecedentedlevelofcooperationandcollaborationfromthecitysmajoremployers.SinceitsbeginningtheChambercontinuedtosupporttheeffortin2014.ForexampletheChamberContinuedonpage22.Continuedfrompage19.www.davey.comwww.bbb.orgakron warren.blazyam.jll.com 22ledadvocacyeffortsforpassageofastatebillthatincludedmillionsofdollarsforprojectsindowntownincluding500000fortheredevelopmentofCascadePlaza.TheChamberalsoadvocatedforexpansionofOhioshistorictaxcredits.InvestinginregionalassetsAttherequestoftheGovernortheChamberworkedwithlegislatorsandlocalleaderstoidentifycommunityprojectsforstateeconomicdevelopmentandartsandculturecapitalfunding.InJuly17projectswereawarded10.8millioninfunding.ConvenientaccessiblemodesoftransportationtoandfromtheregionareessentialforfacilitatinginvestmentthroughoutGreaterAkron.TothatendtheChamberparticipatedinongoingactivitiestosupportAkron-CantonAirportsmasterplanwelcomedSouthwestAirlinestotheGreaterAkroncommunityandhelpedwiththeAirportspromotionofthecompletedAirTranandSouthwestAirlinesmerger.TheChamberalsoreviewedandendorsedStateIssue1thatcalledforstateinfrastructureandpublicworksbondingforlocalprojectswhichpassed.Priority5EnhancevalueforcorebusinessesProvidemembershipbenetsandservicesthatgivesmallbusinessesanoperationalandnancialcompetitiveadvantageConnectingbusinessesTheChambercontinuedtofacilitatetheexchangeofideasamongitsmembersatnetworkingevents.Overallmorethan5378businessownersandemployeessharedbestpracticesandcreatedsolidbusinesscontactsat134eventssettingarecordinbothattendanceandnumberofevents.CelebratingtheaccomplishmentsofmemberswasanotherwaytheChamberhelpedbusinessesconnect.FourawardrecipientssteppedintothespotlightattheExcellenceinBusinessAwardsLuncheonEnviroScienceInc.MetisConstructionServicesNagysCollisionSpecialistsandSequoiaFinancialGroup.TheeventwassponsoredbyAppleGrowthPartnersDayKettererandWesteldBank.MembersmixedbusinesswithfunattheChambersannualGolfClassicatFairlawnCountryClub.SponsoredbySummaCaretheeventprovidedmembersabusinessnetworkingopportunityandachancetochasethatelusiveholeinone.TheChamberjoinedKeepAkronBeautifultosupporttheThirdAnnualSummitofSustainabilityAwardsProgram.ThecountywideprogramrecognizedSummitCountybusinessesandnonprotsthatusesustainabilityinitiativestoimprovetheirtriplebottomlinepeopleprotandtheplanet.Continuedfrompage20.Continuedonpage24.www.neorsd.orgopportunity www.uakron.eduuavisit EconomicOutlookbriengBusinessesthatunderstandtheeconomyareinabetterpositiontonavigateitsupsanddowns.InNovembertheChamberbriefedcommunityleadersonthelocaleconomyattheGreaterAkronChamberEconomicOutlook2014.Spon-soredbyRoetzelAndresstheeventfeaturedChrisChmuraPh.D.presidentandchiefeconomistatChmuraEconomicsAnalytics.VoiceofbusinessSpeakingupfortheconcernsofthebusinesscommunityandgivingmembersavoicearecentraltotheChambersmission.TheChamberparticipatedinmeet-ingswithelectedandothergovernmentofcialsinitiatingseveneventsthatgavemembersachancetosharetheirconcerns.Asafollow-uptheChamberproducedaspringandfallelectionguideonpertinentissues.TheChamberalsoSupportedandendorsedtheSummitCountysalestaxincreaseandState1forstateinfrastructurepublicbonds.heremorethan35candidateselectedofcialsandrepresentativesnetworkedwithChambermem-bersandcommunityleadersattheCandidatesandElectedOfcialsReception.TheeventwassponsoredbyATTOrianaHouseandSummaHealthSystemandheldatRoetzelAndress.HostedeventforU.S.SenatorRobPortmantomeetwithmemberstodiscussissuesincludingworkforceandeconomicdevelopment.Co-hostedandcoordinatedAkronMayorDonPlusquellicsStateoftheCityaddresswith633inattendance.HelpingmemberssavemoneyTruetoitscommitmenttosavemembersmoneytheChamberEnrolled911companiesincluding30newgroupsin2014intheChambersSummaCarehealthplansavingthesecompanies3905809.30.Enrolled230totalcompaniesintheChambersworkerscompensationgroupratingprogramsavingthecompanies1255346.Developedandimplementedbusiness-to-businessonlineadvertisingandaprogramonmemberdiscountsandservices.2014FINANCIALSContinuedfrompage22.24INCOME2011201220132014GovtGrantfunding1416117Membershipinvestor53495266Benetincome15212118Events1210148OtherNon-dues6421100100100100EXPENSES2011201220132014EconomicDev67687274Membership21242221GovtAffairs12865100100100100866187174215www.goodwillakron.orgPremierSpaceintheHeartofAkron.Flexible.Affordable.Available.800.522.6251www.canalplace.comCanalPlaceoffersthebestofbothworldscomfortableadaptableofcespaceandexibleefcientindustrialandwarehousespaceallintheheartofAkron.Discoverwhynearly100businesseshavemadeCanalPlacehome.CorporateOfcesRDWarehouseManufacturingStorage 25Priority6CreatetheCapacitytoSucceedBuildacultureofleadershipandimplementationbystrengtheningstakeholderrelationshipsandobtainingtheresourcesnecessaryforsuccessMaximizinginuencethroughAkronTomorrowTheChamberpartneredwithAkronTomorrowtoalignprioritiesandresourcesinacohesiveeffortthatsecuresGreaterAkronsinuenceonNortheastOhio-driveninitiativesincludingeducationexcellenceeconomiccompetitivenessandotheropportunitiesthathavethepotentialtostrengthenAkronsfuture.StrengthinleadershipTheChambercontinuedtoimplementitsstrategicplanAdvanceGreaterAkron.Bigger.Bolder.Better.2014-2018.ThroughthateffortandthisreportwecreatedawarenessoftheChamberssixprioritiesaimedatimprovingtheGreaterAkroncommunity.OnesuchpriorityistheBiomedicalCorridorintheheartofdowntownAkronwhichstrivestopositionthecurrentinstitutionsandassetstosupportnewbusinessandtechnology.Theinitiativeengagedinanewstrategicplanandcommunityleadership.AllaboutKNOWTheKnowledgeableNetworkofWomenKNOWoftheGreaterAkronChamberisapersonalandprofessionaldevelopmentprogramforbusinesswomenintheAkronarea.KNOWsmissionistocultivatetalentbyreachingouttotodayswomenexecutivesandtomorrowsleaders.Foundedin2004KNOWprovidesaforumformemberstoeducatementoradvocateencourageinspireandsupporteachother.In2014theChamberhostedfourKNOWluncheonssponsoredbyHuntingtonBankthathighlighteduniqueperspectivesonissuesforprofessionalwomenandfemalebusinessleaders.TheChamberalsohostedover65monthlyKNOWontheGOluncheonsthroughouttheGreaterAkronRegiongivingmembersanopportunitytobuildstrongerrelationshipsandshareideasandbestpracticesinasmall-groupsetting.InvolvingemergingleadersTheChamberhostedaBusinessEthicsExecutiveBreakfastonethicsandtransformativeleadershipasaresultoftheChambersInterCityLeadershipVisitICLVtoOmahaNebraskain2013.InpreparationfortheChambersthirdICLVtheChamberconvenedstakeholderstobenchmarkpotentialcities.TheChamberselectedGreenvilleSouthCarolinaasthedestinationforthe2015ICLVwhereparticipantswilllearnaboutbestpracticesrelativetoissuesfacingtheGreaterAkronRegion.LeadershipAkronLeadershipAkroncelebratedanimportantmilestonelastyear-its30thanniversary.In1984theChamberwasanintegralpartofitsfounding.LeadershipAkronwasoperatedundertheChambersAkronRegionalDevelopmentBoardEducationalFundwiththenancialsupportoflocalcompaniesandfoundations.Continuedonpage26. EngagingvolunteersMorethan250volunteersadvancedtheChambersgoalsbyservingontheEconomicDevelopmentCounciltheSmallBusinessCounciltheChamberServicesCounciltheGovernmentAffairsCommitteetheYPNCommitteeandtheKNOWCommitteeworkingontopicareasrangingfromeventsandprogramstotalentandmarketing.InvestorandmembershipdevelopmentChambermembershipwas1562atthecloseof2014whileinvestormembershipgrewto136.WiththestronglocaleconomycontinuingtooutpacetherestofOhioGreaterAkronsbusinessleaderscontinuetoreinforcetheimportanceofastrongbusinesscommunityledbytheChamber.CommunicatingwinsToenhancecommunicationstheChamberKeptmembersandinvestorsinformedoftheChambersvaluethroughweeklye-blastsandquarterlyelectronicnewsletters.HeldtheChambers107thAnnualMeetingsponsoredbyNortheastOhioMedicalUniversitytheUniversityofAkronBrouseMcDowellSouthwest.comandCBIZMayerHoffmanMcCannandpresentedtheH.PeterBurgAwardtoTheUniversityofAkronPresidentDr.LuisM.Proenza.PublisheditsAnnualReportthroughaspecialdistributionintheAkronBeaconJournalandonOhio.comanddistributedthereporttoattendeesattheAnnualMeetingandelectronicallytomembersinvestorsandstakeholders.Served65timesasanexpertsourceforthemediaonmattersofeconomicdevelopmentadvocacyandworkforcedevelopmenttalentattractionbusinessservicesandissuesrelatedtosmallbusinesses.Received36287websitesessionsand104392pageviewstotheChambersportalwebsitewww.greaterakronchamber.orgfrombusinessesindividualsconsultantsandpotentialtalentseekinginformationandknowledgeabouttheGreaterAkronmarket.HelpusmoveforwardTheGreaterAkronChamberscoremissionistoattractnewcompaniesandhelpexistingcompaniesstayhereandexpand.Whencompanieschoosetoinvestlocallytheareaaddsjobsandgrowsthetaxbase.Thisiseconomicdevelopmentinsimpleterms.Ourgoalforthe2014-2018strategicplanistogeneratemorethan2billioninlocalinvestment.Toachievethisambitiousgoalwemustmarketourregiontoprospectivecompaniesacrosstheglobe.WemustlobbyinColumbusandWashingtonD.C.foramorebusiness-friendlyenvironment.Wealsomustenhanceourregionsstrategyforattractingandretainingmoretalentedindividuals.Wehavetodoallofthisplusmuchmuchmore.InanutshelltheChambersstrategicplanisTHEbusinessplanforourregion.FundingfortheChambercomesfromprivatebusinessmemberships.WeaskalllocalcompaniestojointheirpeerswhohavealreadychosentoinvestintheChamber.TherearealsodirectbenetsforcompaniesthatjointheChamber.Ourmembershipteamisreadytotalktoyoufurther.Pleasecontactanyoneofusviaemailorbyphoneat330376-5550.Continuedfrompage25.26AmericasNumberOneValuesProgramforYouth.AkronsForemostPrograminTeachingYouthtoLead.Visitusatwww.gtcbsa.orgwww.kent.edu 27HistoryoftheGreaterAkronChamberFoundedinin1907astheAkronAreaChamberofCommercetodaysGreaterAkronChamberhasdevelopedthroughnamespartnersandorganizationalchangestobeamainstayofeconomicdevelopmentandprogressinourthree-countyarea.WithoriginsinAkronstransitionfromanagriculturaleconomytoanindustrialonetheChamberworkedfordecadesonlocalimprovementsthe1915watersupplysystemfundraisingtheendowmentofBuchtelCollegelaterTheUniversityofAkronadoptionoftheAllAmericanSoapboxDerbyasamajorprojecttheplanningandnancingofAkronsexpresswaysystemandinitiationofplansforrenovatingthecentralpartofthecity.In1954abitterstrikeintherubberindustryledtoformationoftheAreaDevelopmentCommitteeinresponsetoJohnS.KnightoftheAkronBeaconJournalercelyurgingthecommunitytotakeaction.WithinveyearsAkrontransformeditseconomyfromdependenceonasingleindustryrubbertoadiversiedandstableeconomythatnowcombinedindustrycommerceretaildistributionserviceandresearch.In1968theAkronDevelopmentCommitteemergedwithcommunityactiongroupCitizensforProgresstorevitalizeAkronscentralbusinessdistrict.ThecombinedorganizationlatergrewintotheAkronRegionalDevelopmentBoard.ItwastheforesightoftheChambersleadersthatconsolidatedanorganizationforeconomicdevelopmentwiththemember-drivenGreaterAkronChamber.Thenamesmayhavechangedbutsince1907thechamberhasbeenadrivingforceinthecontinualimprovementoftheareaseconomywithaparticulareyeonthetalentofthefuture.ThisincludestheChambersYoungProfessionals10yearsagoandLeadershipAkron30yearsago.TheChambersBoardmembersincludethetoplocalofcialsofFortune500companiesorsubsidiarieslocalornationallargermsandsmallbusinessesgovernmentleadersandnonprotinstitutionsincludinguniversitiesfoundationsandhospitals.TheGreaterAkronChamberaprivatenonprotmembershiporganizationhas1750membercompaniesandmorethan250activevolunteers.ItistheonlyorganizationinOhioandoneof36inNorthAmericanamedanAccreditedEconomicDevelopmentOrganizationbytheInternationalEconomicDevelopmentCouncil.CoverphototakenbyJosephLevackwww.levackphotography.comADMINISTRATIONDanielC.ColantoneCCEPresidentCEOTonyRinellaExecutiveAssistantChrisWestDirectorFinanceAdministrationJanetPeraCoordinatorChrisPetersManagerITDatabaseDebbieRichmondManagerBenetsAdministrationECONOMICDEVELOPMENTRichardRebadowExecutiveVicePresidentGreggP.CramerVicePresidentEconomicDevelopmentSheriShieldsManagerBusinessDevelopmentDennisWestManagerBusinessServicesMarcelvandenBoschCoordinatorResearchGOVERNMENTAFFAIRSMegannEberhartDirectorGovernmentAffairsLaurenSimmonsCoordinatorGovernmentAffairsBUSINESSSERVICESKurtLeibenspergerDirectorMembershipDevelopmentPatVickersSeniorSalesAssociatePamelaCollicaSeniorSalesAssociateCOMMUNICATIONSRebeccaGuzyWoodfordSeniorVicePresidentTammyGrimmettManagerPublicationsKimHuffManagerYoungProfessionalsNetworkSarahVojtekManagerEventsChamberStaffBreakingNewsBreakingNewsBreakingNewsCongratulationsLebronJamesRecipientoftheH.PeterBurgAwardTheAkronBeaconJournalOhio.comisproudtobeamemberofthetheGreaterAkronChamber.Award-winningnewsfeaturesandinformationanywayyouwantit...wedeliver24hoursaday